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The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels

The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels


Part of Cambridge Companions to Religion

Stephen C. Barton, Loveday Alexander, Francis Watson, Richard B. Hays, Stephen E. Fowl, Sandra M. Schneiders, Joel B. Green, John T. Squires, Marianne Meye Thompson, Frances Young, David Matzko McCarthy, Gordon Mursell, Scott Bader-Saye
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521807661

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  • The four gospels are a central part of the Christian canon of scripture. In the faith of Christians, this canon constitutes a life-giving witness to who God is and what it means to be truly human. This volume treats the gospels not just as historical sources, but also as crucial testimony to the life of God made known in Jesus Christ. This approach helps to overcome the sometimes damaging split between critical gospel study and questions of theology, ethics and the life of faith. The essays are by acknowledged experts in a range of theological disciplines. The first section considers what are appropriate ways of reading the gospels given the kinds of texts they are. The second, central section covers the contents of the gospels. The third section looks at the impact of the gospels in church and society across history and up to the present day.

    • The contributors include not only New Testament specialists, but also theologians and ethicists
    • The essays address subjects not usually covered in standard introductions to the gospels, including their impact on Christian lives, spirituality and worship
    • Interdisciplinary and international, the book will be of interest to an unusually wide audience, including theology students, religious professionals, academics, and theologically literate lay people
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This addition to the Cambridge Companions is at least as distinguished as its numerous predecessors.' Theology

    '…an excellent, reflective collection. It will be especially welcomed by seminaries of every kind.' Journal for the Study of the New Testament

    'The collection is useful as it combines theological, historical and literary approaches together and deliberately tries to avoid a faith versus academy approach to the Gospels. … this is a sound volume with good introductions to the Gospels and it covers material not always included in most Gospel introductions.' European Journal of Theology

    'Carefully planned and written as a series of essays collected together in three parts …' Anvil

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521807661
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Stephen C. Barton
    Part I. Approaching the Gospels - Context and Method:
    1. What is a gospel? Loveday Alexander
    2. The fourfold gospel Francis Watson
    3. The canonical matrix of the gospels Richard B. Hays
    4. The gospels and 'the historical Jesus' Stephen E. Fowl
    5. The gospels and the reader Sandra M. Schneiders
    Part II. The Gospels as Witnesses to Christ - Content and Interpretation:
    6. The Gospel according to Matthew Stephen C. Barton
    7. The Gospel according to Mark Joel B. Green
    8. The Gospel according to Luke John T. Squires
    9. The Gospel according to John Marianne Meye Thompson
    Part III. The Afterlife of the Gospels - Impact on Church and Society:
    10. The gospels and the development of doctrine Frances Young
    11. The gospels embodied: the lives of saints and martyrs David Matzko McCarthy
    12. Praying the gospels: spirituality and worship Gordon Mursell
    13. Living the gospels: morality and politics Scott Bader-Saye.

  • Editor

    Stephen C. Barton, University of Durham
    Stephen C. Barton is Reader in New Testament, Department of Theology, Durham University.


    Stephen C. Barton, Loveday Alexander, Francis Watson, Richard B. Hays, Stephen E. Fowl, Sandra M. Schneiders, Joel B. Green, John T. Squires, Marianne Meye Thompson, Frances Young, David Matzko McCarthy, Gordon Mursell, Scott Bader-Saye

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